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The Hormonal Mama

The Hormonal Mama

By Cara B. Drescher
Trying to navigate the complicated worlds of infertility, pregnancy, & postpartum is hard, but understanding the best ways to take care of your body is a whole different beast. As a wellness & beauty expert & life, health, & wellness coach with 19+ years in the industry specializing in infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care, my job is to teach you how to take better care of your body. I am a former infertility warrior, high-risk pregnancy survivor, & mama to twin toddlers, so I have the first-hand & professional experience to help guide you through your journeys.
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Navigating fertility through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Fertility experts come in many forms, and treatment or management of infertility and its many physical and emotional effects vary greatly.  In today's episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Fiona Tassoni about her approach as a fertility coach using Chinese Herbal Medicine, acupuncture, and more.  Focusing on infertility, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, Fiona has got your back! Dr. Fiona Tassoni is a Registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine Specializing in Fertility. As a Fertility Coach with a master’s degree in Chinese Herbal Medicine, 21 years of medical practice and over 32,000 hours of clinical experience. Fiona is the founder of the Pregnancy Accelerator Program and the director and founder of Solaris Health which is a leading fertility health centre for acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and herbal medicine. Fiona primarily focuses on women’s reproductive health conditions such as infertility (natural conception and IVF assisted), pregnancy, preparation for birth, labor and postnatal care. Fiona also works with an array of complex health disorders such as endometriosis, ovulatory disorders, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to name a few.   Fiona has an empathic and compassionate approach to find a person’s or couple’s tailored health solution while working intuitively and from a totally integrative perspective. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Fiona talks about her journey to discovering Traditional Chinese Medicine. •She talks about working worldwide and not just in her home base of Australia. •Fiona talks about the kind of work she does to help women conceive. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to know how fertility coaching can help you get pregnant, when IVF doctors fail?  Visit her website: https://pregnancyaccelerator.com/ Or follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.fionatassoni/
51:45
July 28, 2022
Raising the bar on mental health, one class at a time.
Mental health is a topic often stigmatized and ignored.  Moreso, it is an extremely expensive and severely underfunded yet essential part of overall health.  Millions of people around the world are stressed, anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and feeling a wide variety of emotions that they are struggling to cope with.  Mix that with a lack of affordability, and we're all being set up for failure.  Enter MindBar.  MindBar is a new mental health app that aims to provide affordable mental health support through an on-demand streaming platform full of masterclasses taught by coaches, therapists, and more.  Think of MindBar as a Netflix-like platform but instead of streaming your favorite movie or TV show, you're streaming a class to help you in an area you may be struggling with.  You can also think of MindBar as a bar, but instead of choosing your favorite drink and chilling at the bar, you choose a masterclass that aligns with your needs and chill in the comfort of your own home.  Today I'm interviewing Haily O'Neill, the founder of MindBar.  Hailey O’Neill is the Founder and CEO of the self-paced masterclass of mental health, MindBar. After reaping the life-saving benefits of therapy and expert coaching, she set out to create a platform not only accessible to everyone but also that breaks through the stigma surrounding mental healthcare. With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara and an extensive background in business and sales, Hailey is leading the transformation of mental healthcare by making access to treatment and coaching affordable, readily available and fun for all members who need help. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Hailey talks about what motivated her to develop MindBar. •We talk about the importance of mental health care and how it can change the world. •Hailey tells me how she came up with the name MindBar and what it means to her. •We talk about women not trusting themselves and why that needs to change. •We discuss how the MindBar platform works and how to become a member. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find Hailey & MindBar: Instagram: @mind.bar Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Mindbar.Therapy.Studio Website: www.mind-bar.com
50:37
July 25, 2022
Ancestral Trauma and Healing the Mother Wound: How to become an empowered Cycle Breaker.
One of the most underrated things when it comes to healing from past traumas is recognizing, acknowledging, and then healing from generational/ancestral trauma.  Quite often we talk about traumas that have happened in our lives, but less commonly we talk about traumas from our ancestors, grandparents, parents, etc.  Ultimately, their traumas, become our traumas.  My guest today, Marie Benoit is talking all about this newer concept and how and why it affects us. Marie Benoit is a licensed clinical social worker and trauma coach. She helps women break cycles of generational dysfunction so that they can meet their own needs and architect a life of their dreams. Working in the mental health world for 8 plus years, Marie noticed that there were many "band aids" being handed out that only provided temporary solutions. A survivor of childhood trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD herself, Marie felt deep in her bones that there must be another way. As an avid life learner, she buried herself in research around trauma, reshaping the autonomic nervous system and ancestral healing. As a result, Marie's clients show up in life as authentically themselves with the confidence to create whatever life feels good to them. Marie's mission in life is to help women feel safe to show up as they are so that they can share the unique gifts they have with the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Marie tells us about Unbound Women's shift from GI issues and anxiety to Generational & Ancestral Trauma. •She talks about the nervous system and how it's entwined with anxiety and ancestral wounds. •Marie tells me about the life threatening birth of her daughter and its affect on her. •We talk about women not trusting themselves and why that needs to change. •What The Cycle Breaker Program is all about. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life. Find Marie: Instagram: @mariebenoit_coach Website: www.unboundwomen.us
01:04:36
June 16, 2022
From binge-eating to healthy eating: A journey through the emotions of food.
Eating disorders affect an estimated 9% of the world population.  Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and my guest today, Estelle Coombe-Heath (AKA Stel), is a survivor of binge eating.  With her personal experience and professional training, Stel helps women overcome disordered eating and live happier, healthier lives. Stel Coombe-Heath is the #1 authority in helping busy women stop binge eating. She is on a mission to help a million women have a better relationship with food and their body. Stel is a transformational health and life coach, cognitive-behavioral therapist, podcast host and published author. Stel struggled with a disordered relationship with food and her body for over 13 years, battling two eating disorders, body dysmorphia and emotional eating. She is now passionate about a future where women and young girls are no longer ashamed of their bodies. From a background in business analytics, Stel now leads various programs on changing mindsets around life and eating. As a holistic health recovery specialist and coach, Stel infuses yoga, mindfulness, and emotional resilience into her consultations with clients. Stel's sessions encourage clients to dive into self-transformation through self-actualization. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Stel talks about her personal experience with overcoming 2 eating disorders and body dysmorphia. •She tells us what emotional eating is and how to manage it. •We talk about healing our relationship with food. •How to become a body image role model for your children. •How to effectively support someone with disordered eating. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life. Find Estelle: Instagram:  @wholesomelifestyleproject  Facebook:  www.facebook.com/WholesomeLifestyleProject On the web:  www.wholesomelifestyleproject.com
59:06
June 13, 2022
Women's health and wellness: Building a community.
If you've been listening to this podcast for a while, you'll know that I've had various experts in endometriosis.  It is a surprisingly common yet wildly underdiagnosed medical condition.  My guest today, Amy Lenius, is one of the 2-10% of American women affected personally by endometriosis.  Today, we're talking about her experience with it, her passion for working with women diagnosed with or who believe they may have endometriosis, and why this condition (among other women's health and wellness issues) is so incredibly important to her. Amy is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who loves to talk on all things women's health! Through her own journey of hormonal imbalances, chronic illness, love for anatomy and finally beginning to heal and thrive she found a love of sharing her story and helping other women do the same. Through podcasting, public speaking, her wellness business and now her Peaceful Period project she helps women break away from what is "common and normal" to empowered and thriving. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Amy talks about why endometriosis is a passion of hers and how it has affected her life. •Why she is so excited and passionate about public speaking. •Her background as a massage therapist (like me!) and how it affects her work as an advocate for women's health and wellness. •Her thoughts on the importance of self care. •The details about her new 9 week Peaceful Period program. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life. Find Amy: Instagram: @amylenius The Evolution of Mom Podcast on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/episode/6AZSLF2W1p9wD8oGwEgimi?si=Z9Vk45ivRNq2Q8XxyBMj1w&utm_source=copy-link The Evolution of Mom Podcast on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCrOQuO6vL_ebPDukcNAFi8g
41:25
June 09, 2022
At the intersection of fatigue, mood, and digestion: Finding the clear path forward.
Have you ever noticed a connection between digestive disturbances, mood, and fatigue?  Maybe you're struggling with constipation and you find that it affects your mood and you feel utterly exhausted as well?  That's what we're talking about on the show today.  My guest, Dr. Adeola Mead is a naturopathic doctor and is breaking down gut health and how it affects our bodies. Adeola Mead is a Naturopathic Physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. Her team provides integrative wellness programs to help improve digestion, energy and mood, naturally and simultaneously. They help organizations implement wellness initiatives that improve mental and physical health while creating a culture of camaraderie in wellness. Dr. Mead's approach combines integrative wellness modalities and therapeutic self care education to empower clients to reach the fullest potential in their health and lives. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Adeola breaks down the details of her Forty Day Fresh Start Program. •We talk about what exactly a naturopathic doctor is and her inspiration to become one. •Why she is so passionate about her work. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life Find Dr. Mead: On the web:  www.dradeolamead.com Instagram: @dradeolamead Facebook: www.facebook.com/dradeolamead
52:22
June 06, 2022
Peeling back the layers, down to the DNA, to discover your body's unique needs.
Did you know that a simple DNA test called a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis can help uncover any possible nutrient or mineral deficiencies in your body?  Did you know that disovering these deficiences can kick-start your journey to health and help you determine what you may or may not be senstive or even allergic to in terms of food? My guest today is Stephanie Shaw, a multi-certified holistic nutrition strategist.  Stephanie's goal is to help woman feel and look their absolute best.  With her own personal struggles with weight gain and food sensitivities and intolderances, that she didn't even know existed, Stephanie has made it her mission to help other women get to the root of their own weight loss struggles. Stephanie Shaw is a nutrition strategist who helps high-performing mid-life women get the body they desire and the confidence they deserve. Stephanie helps these women peel back the layers of the intricate health puzzle, down to the DNA, and shows them precisely what to do. As a result, her clients lose and keep off the weight, and build a sustainable lifestyle of confidence, energy, and love for their bodies. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Stephanie shares with me the weekend trip to New Orleans that set off her 2 year journey of self discovery, and where it led her. •How she finally determined what was causing her to gain weight and struggle to properly digest and absorb certain nutrients and minerals. •What a hair mineral analysis is and what GI stool mapping is and how she uses these assessments in her practice. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life Find Stephanie: On the web:  www.stephanielynnshaw.com Instagram: @mindbodybusinessmethod Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/mbbmethod LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/StephanieLynnShaw
43:45
June 02, 2022
The importance of advocating for yourself when your pain and concerns are being ignored.
Advocating for yourself is not always easy, especially when your pain and concerns are constantly being ignored.  It's easy to get trapped in a cycle of believing that what you're feeling and/or worrying about is "all in your head" or "not a big deal".  All too often women are these exact things when they are actually experiencing potentially life-threatening events. In today's episode, I'm interviewing Elisabeth Wygant, pharmacist, mom, and functional nutrition expert.  She's sharing her own life-altering experience with the birth of her first child and the complicated health emergency she experienced, which kept being ignored.  She's also sharing with me the importance of advocating for yourself, taking your life into your own hands, and living the best life you can live. Dr. Elisabeth Wygant, founder of Elisabeth Wygant Wellness (her virtual functional medicine practice), speaker, host of the Thrive Mama! Podcast, and mother of two little ladies. Her specialty is empowering busy working mamas feeling overwhelmed, fatigued and short on time, to be more present, gain work-life balance and lead healthy lifestyles. She utilizes her signature method, FLOURISH, to guide clients through mindset, gut health, functional nutrition, tailored supplement support, nutrient panels, and so much more! Prior to launching Elisabeth Wygant Wellness, she worked in the pharmaceutical space for 14 years, the last 5 spent managing a local independent pharmacy. After experiencing health issues as a new mama and finding the power in functional medicine, Elisabeth found her heart’s calling in providing tools to help others lead healthier lifestyles.  Fueled by a mission for functional wellness, she changed from her pharmacy path, to starting her own health consultancy to heal patients her way. Her true passion in life is inspiring women to fill their cup and recognize that it is never too late to invest in themselves and their health! She has been featured in Best Holistic Life Magazine, Thrive Global, Parade Magazine, Authority Magazine, Medium; and on Oh My Health...There is Hope, The Balanced Woman Podcast, and The Ambitious Woman podcasts. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Elisabeth shares the story of the birth of her first child and the subsequent spinal headache that changed her views on self-advocacy. •How she was affected by and what she did to help her own experience with PPD (postpartum depression) and PPA (postpartum anxiety). •The importance of understanding the gut-brain connection and how it affects EVERYTHING. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who have been the most influential people in her life Find Elisabeth: On the web:  www.elisabethwygant.com Instagram:  @elisabethwygantwellness Facebook: www.facebook.com/elisabethwygantwellness
52:41
May 30, 2022
Put yourself first, discover your superpowers, and be unapologetically you: Life lessons on the "life couch".
Putting yourself first is a major struggle for so many, but as a mom, it can be particularly difficult.  Discovering your own, innate superpowers (we all have them!) can be a first big step in figuring out how to be the best mom possible, while also taking care of your own needs, recharging your batteries, and helping you live your very best life. Today's guest, Gladys Simen, is  a life coach dedicated to helping working moms uncover their native genius and master career and motherhood with ease. For Gladys, becoming a mother was a turning point that helped her embrace her true self and connect with her authentic voice. Today Gladys lives an authentic life, free to be herself and to use her own voice. She launched her coaching business “My Life Couch” where she holds the space for working mothers. Gladys welcomes these women onto her “couch” to discover how they can live boldly and authentically. Her natural talent for seeing potential in every individual helps women transform their lives: from career to relationships by uncovering these dormant superpowers/inner genius. She is passionate about helping women live big, beautiful, shooting-for-the-stars kind of lives…right now. Not in 10 years. Not when the kids are grown. Not after that promotion finally comes around. Right. Now. Gladys considers herself an advocate for the working mama! She loves sharing her own stories about her journey to balance home and work life, and loves supporting fellow working mothers on their journeys. When she is not guiding women, she enjoys time with her husband and her fabulous duo in Toronto, Canada. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •We talk about why Gladys became a life coach in the first place •Why "recharging" and putting yourself first is absolutely essential in being the best version of yourself, for you and for your kids! •How to discover your superpowers and why that is so important. •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and of course who have been the most influential people in her life Find Gladys: On the web:  www.mylifecouch.com Instagram:  @mylifecouch LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/gladys-simen/
57:34
May 23, 2022
Why mindset is more important than will-power, especially when it comes to losing weight.
Losing weight isn't always easy.  In fact, so often "willpower" is associated with the goal of weight loss.  But what if I told you that willpower isn't the end-all-be-all of weight loss, and that mindset is actually the most important factor?  That's what today's guest, Brooke Simonson is telling me all about. Brooke Simonson is a Certified Nutrition Coach on a mission to help as many people as possible master the *skill* of weight loss/maintenance so they can lose 5-50 pounds permanently. Unlike one-size-fits-all diets/apps/programs that only provide short-term results, Brooke guides clients through her holistic 3A Approach™ so they can develop effortless, evidence-based habits that work for THEIR unique lifestyle; feel completely in control around food; and start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized versions of themselves! Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Brooke talks about the work she does helping women sustainably lose weight •Why she takes a very individualized approach when it comes to helping women lost weight •Why mindset is SO incredibly important for sustainability in weight loss •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and of course who have been the most influential people in her life To learn more about Brooke’s coaching programs and podcast—and download a FREE 18-page guide at either of the links below!—visit thehealthinvestment.com or connect with her on Instagram (@thehealthinvestment). Find Brooke: On the web:  thehealthinvestment.com Instagram:  @thehealthinvestment
40:33
May 16, 2022
The not-so-secret ingredient that may just boost your fertility.
Infertility is frustrating, overwhelming, and sometimes leaves you with zero answers.  But, what if there was just one nutrient that could change all that?  That's what my guest today, Annette Presley, is talking about.  She's sharing with me the one nutrient that you may be missing in your diet which could be the exact reason you aren't conceiving! Annette Presley is a registered dietitian of over 30 years, certified functional nutritionist, author, and creator of the CHOICE Method. After discovering that the diet advice she'd learned as a dietitian was contributing to chronic disease, Annette changed course to learn about functional nutrition and nutrigenomics (how nutrition impacts genetic expression). Now Annette helps women who have been let down by conventional medicine get to the root of their health issues so they can get their life back without drugs or surgery. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •Annette shares her journey of proving her knowledge to the FDA and other governing bodies •What first sparked her interest in nutrition •How a chance encounter with a woman at church led her helping women conceive by making 1 small nutritional change •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and of course who have been the most influential people in her life --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Please note:  Some of the information listed below is different than what Annette mentions in the episode.  She has made some changes since the recording of this episode, and those changes are reflected below. Find Annette: On the web:  revivedwoman.com  Instagram:  @annetteirenepresley  Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourpersonalnutritionguide Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/annetteirenepresley
36:27
May 09, 2022
New motherhood vs. nutrition: Registered dietitian/nutrition coach/mom, & former infertility warrior breaks it all down!
New motherhood is HARD!  Taking care of your body as a new mom is even harder.  Today on the show, I have registered dietitian and nutrition coach, Christina Kroog who is here to talk all about her journey to becoming a dietitian, why she's passionate about helping new moms in their postpartum nutrition journey, and her own journey through infertility and becoming a mom of 4. Christina Kroog is a registered dietitian specializing in helping women achieve permanent weight loss by fostering a healthy diet and lifestyle habits that support their overall well-being inside and out. She has always loved the resilience and amazing abilities of the human body which led her to study Biology at Boston College. Later, discovering the incredible ability of food to impact the state of our bodies, she went on to receive her Masters in Clinical Nutrition from NYU.  She has been a dietitian for over 10 years and for the past 7 years has been working 1:1 with clients with a personalized approach. Her greatest role however is being a mom of her four children ages 6, 4, 4, and 18 months. Life is often complete wonderful chaos and she wouldn't have it any other way. She did not become a mother easily and went on a long infertility journey which really inspired a love for helping women focus on nourishing their bodies. She currently works with moms struggling to lose weight postpartum to help them feel their best to live their best lives for years to come. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: •What sparked her interest in nutrition in the first place •How her younger brother's struggles with ADHD were affected by nutrition and how that impacted her interest in biology •Her own infertility journey and where it led her •Who she'd invite to her dream dinner party and who are the most influential and inspirational people in her life Find Christina: Instagram: @christina.k.nutrition On the web: www.christinakroognutrition.com
54:06
May 05, 2022
All about the Irene Organics & Cara B. Design Studio limited edition gift set for mamas-to-be!
Mother's Day is upon us and we've got a gift for you!  I've teamed up with Irene Makriplis, founder of Irene Organics, to bring you a mom-to-be mother's day gift set.  Irene's belly balm, belly oil, fuzzy socks, my (Cara B. Design Studio & Cara B. Beauty) lavender-scented eye pillow, lavender roll on oil, and revitalizing facial oil make up this incredible gift basket for any mom-to-be.  Being pregnant is hard.  Hard on your body, hard on your mind, and all around exhausting.  You deserve to feel good, and that's what our gift basket it all about! Irene Makriplis is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and founder of Lullaby & Me. Irene developed a passion for helping parents with their children’s sleep over her 10 year career as a nanny. She realized that every child’s situation is different and each child responds differently to various sleep training methods. Parents sometimes get overwhelmed while sleep training and when one technique doesn’t seem to be working, they give up. It’s important to understand sleep training is not a “one method fits all” solution and Irene helps guide parents through the process. Irene is also the founder of the Pregnancy & Postpartum Skincare line, Irene Organics. In 2020, Irene discovered she was expecting her first child and wanted to create a product for herself and other moms that she knew was 100% safe and effective to use. That's when she created a line of products that would help mothers like her to keep their skin feeling and looking good in a natural way without any harm. Here’s a quick glimpse at this episode: • Irene shares her story about the origins of Irene Organics • We talk about the products Irene included in our gift set • Irene tells me why she chose the products she chose to include • We talk about our respective experiences with stretch marks and how different it was for each of us • I share details about the products I included in our gift set Find Irene: On the web:   https://irene-organics.com https://lullabyandme.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Irene-Organics-100197868547038/ https://www.facebook.com/Lullabyandme/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irene.organics/ https://www.instagram.com/lullabyandme/
49:55
May 02, 2022
Rediscovering the happiness in all of your relationships (video version)
Relationships are frequently tested by unexpected and even expected life events.  The downside to that is when relationships (romantic, platonic, etc.) are tested, if you don't have the right tools or right headspace, those relationships can quickly diminish and become a thing of the past.  Luckily, my guest today is a relationship coach and we're talking all things relationships! Relationship Coach Naomi Stonier helps ambitious women have better relationships with all the important people in their life.  She teaches you simple tools that create shifts in any relationship without the other person doing anything! Here's a quick glimpse at this episode: •[01:33] Why strong relationships are really the foundation for happiness. •[05:04] Naomi's journey through infertility and how that affected her relationships. •[06:51] Planning your next cycle as a way of coping with infertility. •[12:00] Masculine vs. feminine energy and how those energies affect relationships. •[18:13] Insight about how other people can't create your emotions. •[20:08] What happens when you take control of your own experiences. •[18:29] Living in nervous exhaustion by giving away your power in every situation. •[28:00] Recognizing your triggers and the patterns that result from those triggers. •[37:04] Taking responsibility by asking the right questions about your behaviors. •[38:28] The 3 most inspirational/influential people in her life. •[44:50] The guests she'd invite to her dream dinner party/soiree. •[41:01] The best places to connect with Naomi and learn about her and Plumo Coaching Find Naomi: On the web:  www.plumocoaching.com Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/naomi.stonier.7547
47:58
March 07, 2022
Rediscovering the happiness in all of your relationships.
Relationships are frequently tested by unexpected and even expected life events.  The downside to that is when relationships (romantic, platonic, etc.) are tested, if you don't have the right tools or right headspace, those relationships can quickly diminish and become a thing of the past.  Luckily, my guest today is a relationship coach and we're talking all things relationships! Relationship Coach Naomi Stonier helps ambitious women have better relationships with all the important people in their life.  She teaches you simple tools that create shifts in any relationship without the other person doing anything! Here's a quick glimpse at this episode: •[01:33] Why strong relationships are really the foundation for happiness. •[05:04] Naomi's journey through infertility and how that affected her relationships. •[06:51] Planning your next cycle as a way of coping with infertility. •[12:00] Masculine vs. feminine energy and how those energies affect relationships. •[18:13] Insight about how other people can't create your emotions.  •[20:08] What happens when you take control of your own experiences. •[18:29] Living in nervous exhaustion by giving away your power in every situation. •[28:00] Recognizing your triggers and the patterns that result from those triggers. •[37:04] Taking responsibility by asking the right questions about your behaviors. •[38:28] The 3 most inspirational/influential people in her life. •[44:50] The guests she'd invite to her dream dinner party/soiree. •[41:01] The best places to connect with Naomi and learn about her and Plumo Coaching Find Naomi: On the web:  www.plumocoaching.com Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/naomi.stonier.7547
48:02
March 07, 2022
Holy Pickles! Navigating IBS, anxiety, & trauma through the gut-brain connection.
IBS, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating... all of these things are connected!  Today on The Hormonal Mama Podcast, my guest Laura Patricia Martin is breaking down the connection between all of these and giving some tips on how to get started with your healing journey.  She's also sharing her own journey and what brought her to founding Healing to Happy. Laura Martin, an IBS-Anxiety Specialist and founder of Healing to Happy. A luxury brand helping women optimize their nutrition to optimize their brain function and overcome anxiety and depression to create the lives they desire. Here's a quick glimpse at this episode: •[02:18] The moment she knew she needed to make a change in her life. •[04:37] What she tried eliminating, and how her body was reacting, and not changing based on what she was trying. •[05:37] The start of her self-discovery journey. •[10:51] Microbiome, epigenetics, and neuroplasticity. •[14:58] The importance of mental health recovery from IBS, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and so on. •[18:29] Why she chose to transition away from veganism. •[20:27] Listening to and trusting your body and what she's telling you. •[21:22] The gut-brain connection. •[26:50] The first step in your healing journey should be... •[31:38] Why she's so passionate about her work. •[36:58] The 3 most inspirational/influential people in her life. •[38:59] The guests she'd invite to her dream dinner party/soiree. •[41:01] The best places to connect with Laura and learn about her and Healing to Happy. Find Laura: Instagram: @healingtohappy and @itslaurapatriciamartin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healingtohappy and https://www.facebook.com/healingtohappy/?ref=page_internal
42:46
February 28, 2022
Holy Pickles! Navigating IBS, anxiety, & trauma through the gut-brain connection.
IBS, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating... all of these things are connected!  Today on The Hormonal Mama Podcast, my guest Laura Patricia Martin is breaking down the connection between all of these and giving some tips on how to get started with your healing journey.  She's also sharing her own journey and what brought her to founding Healing to Happy. Laura Martin, an IBS-Anxiety Specialist and founder of Healing to Happy. A luxury brand helping women optimize their nutrition to optimize their brain function and overcome anxiety and depression to create the lives they desire.  Here's a quick glimpse at this episode: •[02:18] The moment she knew she needed to make a change in her life. •[04:37] What she tried eliminating, and how her body was reacting, and not changing based on what she was trying. •[05:37] The start of her self-discovery journey. •[10:51] Microbiome, epigenetics, and neuroplasticity. •[14:58] The importance of mental health recovery from IBS, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and so on. •[18:29] Why she chose to transition away from veganism. •[20:27] Listening to and trusting your body and what she's telling you. •[21:22] The gut-brain connection. •[26:50] The first step in your healing journey should be... •[31:38] Why she's so passionate about her work. •[36:58] The 3 most inspirational/influential people in her life. •[38:59] The guests she'd invite to her dream dinner party/soiree. •[41:01] The best places to connect with Laura and learn about her and Healing to Happy. Find Laura: Instagram: @healingtohappy and @itslaurapatriciamartin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healingtohappy and https://www.facebook.com/healingtohappy/?ref=page_internal
42:15
February 28, 2022
Season 2 Wrap Up
On this very special, very short episode, I’m closing out season 2! Season 3 will be here in late February/early March 2022 and it’s going to be AMAZING! Enjoy the holidays and if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram! @thehormonalmama
04:50
December 20, 2021
How to Tackle Anxiety & Burnout
Today I'm interviewing Natalie Ryneveld, coach, yoga instructor, and Master's Candidate in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies.  Her programs are tailored to each individual yet focus on eliminating the root cause of major anxiety, radical forgiveness, subconscious reprogramming, positive habit creation, and instilling value-based behavior to help clients start living the lives they’ve dreamed of, immediately. Natalie is passionate about helping people return to a state of living in harmony with themselves, humanity, and the planet.
38:15
December 16, 2021
Shaping your Booty with Booty Bands.
Today on the show, I'm interviewing Danita Young, Owner/Cofounder of Booty Bands & Barbells®, Bikini Model, Certified Personal Trainer, NQ Bikini Competitor & Women's Mindset & Health Specialist.  In her own words: "Passionate aligned with my soul purpose to create Lasting Transformations. Get ready to Cut Fat & Keep your Curves with the right tools, fuel and accountability!   Get ready to create long term results with our 3 step program to cut fat & keep your curves. It’s time to look & feel your best with the 1st women designed complete home gym, #1 fitness app, and our best tasting protein.  We are the original Booty Bands & Barbells® and our purpose is to put “hope” back in fitness." Connect with Danita and Booty Bands & Barbells®: Website: www.bootybands.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bootybandsofficial Instagram: www.instagram.com/bootybandsofficial Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/booty-bands-barbells-app/id1528259744 Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.uscreen.bootybands&hl=en_US&gl=US
25:16
December 13, 2021
Creating the family of your dreams, despite the hurdles.
Today I’m talking with Staci Swiderski, CEO and owner of Family Source Consultants. Family Source Consultants matches and facilitates arrangements for Surrogates, Intended Parents, and Egg Donors throughout the state of Illinois, the entire United States, and Internationally. Staci has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine since 2002. Staci has vigorously grown the comprehensive egg donation and gestational surrogacy agency to become a worldwide leader in the third-party reproduction field. Staci is a former intended parent herself. She and her husband welcomed their son via gestational surrogacy in 2005. Additionally, Staci had the experience of assisting an infertile couple (AKA Recipient Parents) build their family through her efforts as an egg donor, with her donation resulting in the births of their son and daughter. Contact Family Source Consultants: By Phone: 312-277-4008 On the web: familysourceconsultants.com By email: staci@familysourceconsultants.com On social media: Family Source Consultants IG: @familysource
42:37
December 10, 2021
Life with V: A “deep” conversation.
A recovered corporate workaholic, Karin Freeland is an author, speaker and certified Life & Reinvention Coach, focused on helping women transform their lives and achieve their dreams. In her hilarious tell-all book, The Ins and Outs of My Vagina: A Penetrating Memoir, she recounts the mishaps and misadventures she’s had over the past 40 years with a special partner in crime: her vagina, named V.
47:13
December 06, 2021
How and Why Essential Oils Can Change Your Life
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes when you're in the thick of difficult times it can be tough to figure out how to make positive changes.  Today's guest, Cary Ouellette has been there herself.  Cary is a doTerra Wellness Advocate and a mom of 3 teenagers. The essential oil journey began when she was searching for natural solutions and support for postpartum depression.  She has been using essential oils and natural products for her and her family for 7 years and have had profound experiences. She loves to connect with people as she empowers them to take control of their health naturally so they can feel their best.  Her clients live more enjoyable and more fulfilling lives with abundant time and energy. Life is too short not to feel great!  Connect with Cary:  Website: www.doterra.com/US/en/site/caryouellette  Facebook:  Simply Live, Naturally  Instagram:  @simply_live_naturally  Email:  carymomo3@gmail.com
46:44
November 22, 2021
Gut Health & PCOS: An unexpected connection
Gut health is a hot button topic in recent years. As more and more people study the gut and learn how to implement healthy lifestyle choices, it’s becoming very clear that much in our lives is impacted by the health or lack of health of our gut. One such example is PCOS. There is a clear connection between the gut and PCOS. Many women have begun to manage and heal their PCOS by implementing a variety of changes in their lives. In today’s episode my guest, Belinda McCall, who has PCOS and has learned to manage her symptoms by improving her gut health, has stopped by to share her experience as well as talk about her digital magazine and women’s wellness community. Belinda McCall is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of WomanBeeWell.com and WomanBeeWell Magazine. Think of her as your judgment-free, honest, motivational, geeky gut-health and all-around wellness BFF. She is the creator of The 5-Day Golden Gut and other online programs that quickly empower women with the knowledge and tools needed to restore balance back to the gut, mind, body, and soul. Her mantra: "Wellness Looks Different for Every Woman”. Connect with Belinda: WomanBeeWell Website: http://womanbeewell.com/ Instagram: @womanbeewell Magazine Issues: https://issuu.com/womanbeewell Instagram: @womanbeewell.mag
01:01:36
November 15, 2021
How to age in reverse: Making the Best Choices for a Longer Life
What's the secret to aging backward?  Ultimately, that's a question for today's guest, Kristen Verschoor Owens.  Kristin is a holistic nutritionist whose focus is to inspire you to own your health, balance your hormones so you can age backwards and prevent chronic dis-ease. Kristen resides in the Toronto area and carries over 2 decades in the wellness industry with busy women who are ready to take their health to a new level to no longer settle for "just feeling fine." To learn more about Kristen and connect with her you can find her here: Website: Instagram: @kristenowenswellness Facebook:  www.facebook.com/KristenOwensWellness Facebook Group: Restoring metabolism for women over 40 Free Gift! 5-day hormone detox  *If you can't click for the free gift, copy and past the web address below: https://kristenlowens.newzenler.com/f/5-day-hormone-detox?fbclid=IwAR1gyUoTOe7sQnX-aiJzUJOo7CberQ_ZasznVLuVRb0lbMNB5VJzl0OgiDQ
40:46
November 12, 2021
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Story of Transformation and Healing.
Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons is the owner and founder of Lauren Keir Wellness.  After battling severe migraines, extreme unexplained weight gain, and more, Dr. Lauren was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  Taking an all-natural approach to healing her body, she eventually put her illness into remission and has continued to live a healthy life, even losing over 100 lbs.  Through her B-Fly Detox Course, her Metamorphosis Health Coaching Program, and so much more, Dr. Lauren changes lives! Listen now to learn how she discovered her illness, what she did to put it in remission, and how you can get her help and guidance. Connect with Dr. Lauren: On the web: www.laurenkeirwellness.com On Instagram: @laurenkeirwellness On Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurenkeirwellness On Twitter: @laurenkwellness On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dr-lauren-keir-s-90a6b3180/ On YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3VgE1wLET2TTOeyyCFXDw
43:48
November 08, 2021
Reaching for the stars: A powerful conversation about MRKH.
Vics Lane is the founder of MRKH Stars, an organization providing support and guidance for young women across the world, diagnosed with MRKH.  MRKH, also known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome is a congenital malformation of female reproductive organs.  In her own words: "I'm Vics, I'm 19; I am a writer, and a university student and I live with a condition called MRKH Syndrome.  In light of my diagnosis, in April 2021 I founded and now run a foundation called MRKH Stars, supporting teens and newly diagnosed warriors with the same diagnosis as me." Vics is inspirational, passionate, and extremely motivated to help other young women process the complicated and life-changing diagnosis of MRKH. Here's a snapshot of our conversation: [01:53] Vics breaks down exactly what MRKH is, and what it isn't.  [04:33] Vics shares what it's like being diagnosed with a life-changing reproductive condition at a young age. [11:20] The story of how MRKH was born! [24:42] What the grief of being diagnosed with MRKH is really like, and why it's important to be able to feel that grief. [38:03] Vics' best piece of advice for a young girl or woman who has recently been diagnosed with MRKH. [45:48] Vics' 3 most influential people in her life. [53:03] 3 guests at her dream dinner party. [60:10] Where you can connect with Vics and MRKH Stars. You can find MRKH Stars and Vics on the following platforms: Instagram: @mrkhstars Twitter: @MrkhStars TikTok: @mrkhstars
01:02:19
October 25, 2021
How to Take Control of your Endometriosis
Is endometriosis or unexplained abdominal and pelvic pain disrupting your life?  Have no fear, that's what we're talking about on this episode of The Hormonal Mama Podcast. My guest, Laura Ibragimova is a women's wellness coach specializing in endometriosis.  As an endometriosis warrior herself, Laura knows a thing or two or twelve about endometriosis, how to treat it, and how to deal with the trauma it brings into your life. Here's a quick glimpse at this episode: •[01:28] An overview of what endometriosis is, and the statistics around it. •[04:28] How Laura discovered that he had endometriosis. •[07:48] The complicated feelings of confusion after receiving her diagnosis. •[10:19] How having endometriosis affects her work and how she embraces her experience to help other women with endometriosis. •[13:51] The unexpected revelation that she has a master's degree in Public Health Policy and worked in DC doing legislative analysis and healthcare consulting! •[17:32] Where her passion for her work comes from. •[20:47] Laura's excellent advice for anyone recently diagnosed with endometriosis or who thinks they may have endometriosis. •[24:53] The 3 most influential people in her life. •[27:19] Who Laura would invite to her dream dinner party. •[29:21] Her sweet and hilarious nickname! •[31:32] All the places across the web where you can connect with and learn more about Laura! Instagram: @ilynsiyoga Facebook: Transform Your Mind Body and Spirit Website: www.ilynsiyoga.com
33:05
October 11, 2021
"It's Your Body, It's Your Life" with Coach Tessa
Tessa Hollyn Taub is the owner and founder of "It's your body, It's your life".  As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pregnancy, & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist and Functional Movement Specialist, Tessa takes a unique approach to her work fusing a variety of yoga, barre, pilates, corrective exercise & functional training with an emphasis on breathing, functional movement, and alignment.  Listen now as we talk about her work, why she's so passionate about it, and how she can help you too! You can connect with Tessa: On her website: www.itsyourbodyitsyourlife.com By email: tessaitsyourlife@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tessaitsyourlife Instgram: @tessaitsyourlife
48:39
October 04, 2021
Friend or foe? How to keep your hormones happy and in check.
If you think hormones, what's the first thing that comes to mind?  Your period?  Pregnancy?  Fertility?  All of these things are affected by hormones, but there's SO MUCH MORE!  Founder of peace. love. hormones, Maddie Miles is here today to give us a hormone lesson and teach us about why hormone health is so important and how to take back control of our period pain and remove the stigma.  Listen in as we talk about her new herbal supplement "Soothe" and how it can help alleviate those pesky period-related issues like cramping and moodiness.  We're also talking about... you guessed it, her dream dinner party and who she'd invite!
01:02:40
September 20, 2021
Chaos and Motherhood, as told by mom turned author: Meredith Redmon
Meredith Redmon's book, "Dear Jesus, Send Coffee: Finding Joy in the Chaos of Early Motherhood" was written from her own experiences deep in the trenches of motherhood for all the moms feeling lonely and isolated.  Her hope is that all moms feel validated and find grace for themselves in the midst of the imperfect mess of motherhood.  Prior to motherhood, Meredith was a pediatric ICU nurse and transitioned to life as a stay-at-home mom.  During that transition, she started writing for a local Oklahoma motherhood blog, and then decided to pursue her dream of writing a book. "Dear Jesus, Send Coffee: Finding the Joy in the Chaos of Early Motherhood" is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and anywhere you purchase books.  
28:18
September 13, 2021
Fertility... in your own hands.
Jennifer Bloome, MSOT, HWC is the founder and community leader of Anji, inc. and the creator of the Being Fertile System. The seven core principles of this system allow your body to restore its innate fertility and opens you to receive your baby. Jennifer is also the creator of a number of tools to guide women to mind-body-soul connection including meridian tapping programs and a line of internationally recognized guided meditations, A Journey of the Heart, designed to help women experiencing a variety of types of conception (natural, medicated, IVF, etc.) through pregnancy and birth as well as individual healing work. She has trained at Herbert Benson’s Mind/Body Institute in Boston and has spoken nationally on the effects of Mind/Body medicine on women’s health.
49:23
September 06, 2021
Functional Kinesiology with the founder herself: Claire Snowdon-Darling
When it comes to hormones, there is so much information out there... but is there?  I mean is there really?  People often focus their attention on sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and so on, forgetting about so many other important hormones like insulin and cortisol.  When you really start focusing on hormones, the realization that hormones are a vital part of every day body functions becomes more and more apparent, and when they're out of whack, you've got some things to take care of! Enter Functional Kinesiology!  Claire Snowdon-Darling is the founder of the College of Functional Kinesiology and owner of Balanced Wellness UK.  Today we're talking about the "Triangle of Hormonal Health", how she got started creating a college, and so much more!  We're also talking about the traumatic birth of her daughter, what she learned from this experience, and how it also affected her mission to focus on hormonal health. You can find more about Claire and her amazing work here: www.functionalkinesiology.co.uk www.balancedwellness.co.uk www.clairesnowdon-darling.com Instagram:  @clairesnowdondarlingofficial @functionalwellnessofficial @functionalkinesiologyuk @balancedwellnessuk
45:25
August 23, 2021
Health conscious body awareness, minus the dieting.
So often, women struggle with body image, and learning long-lasting strategies toward acceptance & happiness in one's body can be a real challenge.  Luckily, Bridget & Dana at Wellness Lately work so hard to bring more awareness to and support for women struggling with being comfortable in their bodies. Co-founded by Certified Health Coach Bridget Shannon & Certified Health and Intuitive Eating Coach Dana Barron, the mission at Wellness Lately is to reclaim wellness from diet culture. Learn more at: www.wellnesslately.com
43:32
August 16, 2021
Finding Answers Through Functional Medicine with Dr. Carol Shwery
Dealing with any number of health conditions can be extremely frustrating. But it’s even more frustrating to struggle with finding out the root cause and treating the condition, rather than masking the overall condition simply by treating it’s symptoms. Well, struggle no more! On today’s episode, I’m talking with Functional Medicine Practitioner and Chiropractor, Carol Shwery. We’re talking about how functional medicine can help you get to the bottom of your health struggle (including infertility!). To schedule a 15 minute free consultation, call Dr. Shwery's office at: 1-831-476-6906
41:23
August 09, 2021
Non-Toxic nutrition from head to toe, inside & out
Today on the show I have Pam Korgan, executive director of 501.C3 Nonprofit organization SYNC, and consultant with Arbonne International.  Pam volunteered 50 years in Stonecroft Ministries in varying capacities and speaking throughout the west coast.  As the director of SYNC (Seek Your Niche in Christ), she works with women to create community across denominations and to serve alongside many organizations helping victims, the hungry and the homeless.  Pam has long been interested in wellness. Her passion is to share the hope of a better future with people everywhere. Finding the toxin-free products of   Arbonne, she is thrilled to add value to people through education, encouragement and empowerment.   A lover of the outdoors, now mid 70s, Pam still kayaks, hikes, backpacks, mountain bikes, and skis. She is extremely grateful for the strength and energy to do the things she so loves. Learn more about Arbonne: www.arbonne.com/us/en/arb/pamkorgan/ Connect with Pam: www.calendly.com/pamkorgan You can find Pam on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/pam-korgan-77b69843/ To find out more about SYNC: www.syncreno.org/
58:11
July 19, 2021
A mom and her guitar: A chat about motherhood and more.
Listen in as I interview phenomenally talented singer/songwriter, Lora Kelley. Lora is a mom of 3 who uses her tremendous singing and writing talent to take a whimsical look at domestic life, exploring the middle space between youth and old age and what comes with it. She treated me (and you!) to a live, intimate version of her original song “Beautiful that way” (my favorite!). Her newest record, Domystique is available now! You can find Lora at www.lorakelley.com and on Instagram at: @lora_kelley
46:53
July 12, 2021
Heart Centered Healing with The Mind Whisperer, Dawna Campbell
Known as the Mind Whisperer, Dawna combines her past knowledge, wisdom, and experience to assist you in creating and restoring a life of happiness, prosperity, and love.  Dawna has over 25 years combined years of professional experience.  As a former Financial Advisor, her book, Financially Fit, is a #1 Amazon International Best Seller bringing together the world of money and the energy body, and the souls essence.  She is a professional speaker sharing her techniques during interactive workshops and maintains an international private practice.  Dawna has shared the stage with Lisa Nichols, Dr. Joe Vitale, Sharon Lechter, and Kevin Harrington.  Her personal Heart Centered Healing philosophy is to create a world that is a better place for all to live.  You can connect with Dawna on her website: www.dawnacampell.com or on instagram: @healingheartinc
36:37
July 05, 2021
What's in a Name? - with babynames.com founder: Jennifer Moss
Today on the show, I'm talking with babynames.com founder, Jennifer Moss.  Founded in 1996, babynames.com has grown to be the #1 baby-naming website.  With 25 years in the baby naming business, Jennifer has been featured as a name expert on CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and many more!  Today we're talking about current baby naming trends, her passion behind names, her thoughts on nicknames, and of course who she'd invite to her dream dinner party. Learn more about names, their meanings, The Baby Names Podcast, and so much more by visiting, www.babynames.com, www.facebook.com/babynamesdotcom, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-baby-names-podcast/id1350306487
39:22
June 21, 2021
Healthy & Fresh Food for You and Your Whole Family!
Today on the show, I have Alice Tratt, mama to 2, wife to 1, and wellness advocate for families.  With her work with Juice Plus, Alice helps families make healthy nutrition choices.  You can learn more about Alice and connect with her by following any of these links: http://www.facebook.com/alicetratt http://www.instagram.com/authenticallyalice http://www.alicetratt.juiceplus.com (Canada) https://alicetratt.juiceplus.com/us/en (US) A little note from Alice: Hello, I’m Alice, a Mommy to my 2 beautiful boys & a partner in life with my best friend, Ryan. I help families & women with simple nutrition, through plant powders, gummies & shakes, and grow their own food! I help like-minded women with building an online wellness business by sharing their own health journeys.  This empowers women to be financially independent as well as contribute to their family's household incomes. I also help Moms find their passion, outside of motherhood, just like I did. I connect them with a community of strong women living a purposeful life.
51:47
June 14, 2021
Holistic Healing with Erica Tseng
On today's episode of The Hormonal Mama Podcast, I'm interviewing holistic life coach Erica Tseng.  We're talking about her experiences as a life coach, a student of Oriental Medicine, and her personal experience with infertility, pregnancy, and motherhood. Erica Tseng is a certified holistic life coach and is finishing her licensing to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Her education includes a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), as well as additional advanced training with a diploma in Nutritional Therapy. Her previous job experience includes upper-level retail management, fundraising with non-profit organizations, and social media marketing. She strives to use her previous business experience to open a private medical clinic locally in Las Vegas and an online coaching company both with her best friend and business partner Dr. Sarah Breaux. Erica is very passionate about holistic medicine and loves to share her knowledge and experience to help others.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, eating delicious food, and watching dramatic reality tv. You can check out Erica and Sarah's Facebook group, Reaching Full Potential Through Holistic Healing, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reachingfullpotentialthroughholistichealing/
55:48
June 07, 2021
An Interview with The Hormonal Mama Herself... ME!
In this episode of The Hormonal Mama Podcast, I'm interviewing... MYSELF!  After interviewing so many amazing women over the past few months, (with even more to come!), I decided it was time to get myself in the hot seat and ask some of the questions I usually ask my guests.  So, today you'll learn a bit more about what I do as an infertility coach, why it's so important to me, why I want to hang out with a dragonfly, and why some people call me ABCD.  It's an interesting episode, and you're sure to be entertained! Learn more about my work here: www.thehormonalmama.com
31:13
May 31, 2021
Mom has to poop! A book for mamas who need a break.
Today I'm interviewing Alex Kasper, author of Mom Has to Poop.  Mom Has to Poop is a beautiful journey through motherhood, reminders of the impactful life of a mom and her baby, and beautiful illustrations throughout.  This book is a unique approach to the chaos and beauty of motherhood, written by a new mama herself!  Tune in to hear more about Alex's book, whether she plans to write more, and her unexpected work in physics and working with teenage girls in STEM. You can also connect with Alex and learn more about her book on Instagram: @akskasper, and on her website: www.momhastopoop.ca.
39:57
May 24, 2021
The journey from pregnancy through postpartum
Today on the podcast, I have pregnancy to postpartum coach, Victoria O'Hara.  Victoria's specialty is working with families throughout pregnancy and into the postpartum journey.  Her big concept is teaching women that birth isn't something that "just happens to you" it's a transformative experience, that is different for everyone.  In addition to her work as a coach, she has an interesting background, including the unique talent of riding a unicycle!   Tune in now and learn more about Victoria and how she can help you during your journey. You can connect with and learn more about Victoria in her Facebook group: The Parenting Toolbox, www.facebook.com/groups/theparentingtoolbox, on Instagram: @pregnancy_to_postpartum_coach and on her website, www.pregnancytopostpartumcoach.ca
52:28
May 17, 2021
Taking the right S.T.E.P.S. to be the best parent you can be!
This week on The Hormonal Mama Podcast, I'm talking with parenting coach, Natalia Wiatr.  Natalia's acronym STEPS is an excellent guide for helping all parents be the best they can be, especially when it comes to dealing with children's emotions.  Natalia's Facebook group Parents Time Out Zone is a great resource for learning a variety of strategies to deal with the ups and downs of parenthood. Learn more about Natalia at her website: www.nataliawiatr.com!
47:25
May 10, 2021
Fertility Holistic Self Care... The Ebook
In this solo episode, I'm interviewing myself!  Well, not exactly... but maybe I should do that someday?  On May 1, 2021 I'll be releasing my first ebook, "Fertility Holistic Self Care: Take Control of Your Fertility, Naturally."  I'm so excited to tell you all about my book in this episode and share with you what some of the chapters are about!  It's so important to take care of yourself during your infertility journey, and it's even more important to do it in a way that you can feel good about.  My ebook is chock full of holistic and natural ways of caring for your body and mind, and I'm thrilled to share my knowledge and experience!   Available for pre-order now on Amazon!  Click here to check it out. *If the link isn't working, copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.amazon.com/Fertility-Holistic-control-fertility-naturally-ebook/dp/B092G631MJ/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&qid=1619465148&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250228011&s=books&sr=1-14
17:16
April 26, 2021
Postpartum Depression: Looking for Answers
Postpartum coach Samantha Flores dropped in to chat with me about postpartum depression and her own personal experience that drove her to become a postpartum coach and a published author!  We're talking about life as a new mom, how it can be difficult to recognize symptoms of postpartum depression, how to find the right postpartum coach for your needs, and some fun stuff like nicknames, celebrity crushes, and who inspires her most.  Tune in now! You can find Samantha's ebook: The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Depression Guide, on Amazon, if you click right here.
47:48
April 19, 2021
Mindset can change your whole life trajectory!
Today I'm talking with mindset and lifestyle coach, Stacie Barber.  In addition to her work as a coach, Stacie also owns and operates a pilates studio and has an extensive background as an occupational therapist.  Listen in as we talk about how her shift in mindset really did change her life, and why she left her occupational therapy career and started the life of her dreams. You can find Stacie here: https://staciebarber.com/
55:09
April 12, 2021
Trauma Informed Touch & Somatic Experiencing
My guest today is Tiffany Compton, AKA "Psychedelic Snail", owner of Healing with Tiffany.  Tiffany is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, specializing in somatic trauma-informed touch for children and adults.  With her extensive experience in touch therapy and her prior careers as both an Aquatic Recreation Therapist/Swim School Owner and Holistic Personal Chef, Tiffany has a well rounded background in Holistic Health.  In addition, you'll hear Tiffany talking about her current training as a period coach!   Listen now and get to know Tiffany and how she can help you! You can find tiffany at www.healingwithtiffany.com.
54:41
April 05, 2021
Infertility: The Meanest Bully on the Block
I call infertility the meanest bully because when you are actively going through it, it feels like you are constantly being bullied by the meanest kid on the block.  If you haven't gone through the anguish of infertility, that may sound extreme, or even strange!  However, I'm willing to bet that if you have gone through it or currently are, you know exactly what I mean. I wanted to take time out of my interview schedule to talk to you a bit about my own infertility journey, which includes the confusion, pain, uncertainty, sadness, anxiety, and really all the emotions you can imagine. So, listen now to hear about my personal infertility journey.
40:10
March 29, 2021
The best way to feed your child is... the way that works best for you!
One of the most difficult things about being a new mom is figuring out how to best feed your baby.  On this episode of The Hormonal Mama Podcast my guest Casey McCaffrey, certified lactation counselor (CLC) and pediatric speech language pathologist, and I are talking about feeding your child and how a CLC can help you throughout your feeding journey.  Whether you are breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, formula feeding, etc., having the support of a trained professional can go a long way in improving an already stressful time in your life.
53:58
March 22, 2021
Strengthen that core! A conversation about Diastasis Recti.
If you've never heard of Diastasis Recti, then you are in for a treat this week! Katrina Oakley is a Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist and Posture Specialist. In addition to her 35,000+ member facebook community: Diastasis Recti Workout Support with Katrina Oakley, Katrina works with women around the world to help them regain a functional core. Listen in as we talk about the things you can do during and after pregnancy to help combat Diastasis Recti.
47:47
March 15, 2021
Sleep baby, sleep!
Sleep issues are very common among infants and toddlers, and getting help isn't always an obvious solution.  Today, I'm talking with Irene Makriplis, founder of Lullaby and Me Sleep Consulting.  Irene is also the owner and founder of Irene Organics which is a handmade skin care line focusing on pre & postnatal bodycare.  Her products focus on issues like stretch marks, which can be a real pain in the behind, especially if you're not expecting them! Listen in as we talk all about infant and toddler sleep and why organic and natural products are best for your skin. You can find Irene on Instagram at: @lullabyandme and @irene.organics.
30:41
March 08, 2021
The Hormonal Mama Season 2 Has Arrived!
This season on The Hormonal Mama Podcast, I’m interviewing some extremely talented women who have gone through or work with women during infertility, pregnancy, and/or the postpartum period. Occasionally, throughout the week I’ll have short 5-10 minute bonus episodes discussing skincare, wellness, and various other topics. It’s sure to be a great season!
01:39
March 01, 2021
A Brief Synopsis of Season 2
Finishing out season one with a super short preview of what’s to come in season 2. Coming up in season 2, I’ve got some amazing guests, resources, and so much more. See you in season 2!
02:12
February 09, 2021
Postpartum Bodies Need Love Too
After you give birth, it's easy to forget about your own needs.  Being laser-focused on a tiny human (or 2!) (OR MORE!) 24/7 takes a toll, and taking care of your body is often overlooked.   Listen in as I give you all the deets about why postpartum massage is so beneficial and why it extends long past those first few months.
25:25
February 01, 2021
Is Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
It's a question I've heard time and time again, "is massage safe during pregnancy?"  There is so much that happens during pregnancy, both inside and on the outside of the body, and there are things that aren't safe during pregnancy, that would normally be safe.  Is massage one of those things?  What about massage during the first trimester?  There's a lot of conflicting and also incorrect information out there surrounding these questions. Listen in while I break down the myths and spill the truth.
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January 25, 2021
How Massage Therapy can be Beneficial during Infertility
Why is wellness beneficial during fertility?  More specifically, why is massage therapy beneficial during fertility?  So many reasons, so little time!  But seriously though, if you're wondering how massage therapy can potentially improve your fertility, then I've got some exciting news for you!  Listen in as I talk about wellness, and how massage therapy in particular can be so beneficial when struggling with infertility.   Learn more about the Omni Roller mentioned in this episode, by visiting my website and reading my blog post:  Where to Find the Best Gifts for Pregnant Women.  Read it here.
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January 18, 2021
A Wealth of Wellness: Your Guide to Physical & Mental Wellbeing
The key to learning how to best care for your body during infertility, pregnancy, & postpartum is understanding wellness and what it means.  More specifically, for our purposes, understanding how massage therapy, can have a positive impact both physically and mentally during fertility struggles, pregnancy, and new motherhood.
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January 11, 2021
Beauty after Baby, a Guide for New Mom Skin Troubles.
New motherhood is tough.  It's tough on the body and it’s tough on the mind.  While we're talking about the body, let's talk about skin too.  Did you know that hormonal changes during the postpartum period can have catastrophic effects on the skin? If not, then boy are you in for a treat!  Can you sense the sarcasm there? Listen in as I tell you all about the various postpartum hormones and what potential effects they can have on your skin.  It's not all bad though!  Hello, younger-looking skin!
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January 04, 2021
Everything you Need to Know to Best Care for Your Skin During Pregnancy
Skin changes during pregnancy is the pits!  Seriously though, of all the things that change during pregnancy, skin changes are some of the most frustrating.  While you can't change what crazy things hormones may do to your skin, you can prepare and take better care of your skin so that you can treat some of these changes. In this episode, I'm diving deep into the various hormones that occur during pregnancy and how you can prepare for the possible skin problems they bring with them.
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December 28, 2020
Disaster or Delight? Actual effects of Infertility on Healthy Skin
Infertility is a roller coaster ride of emotions, physical changes, and more.  What is often overlooked is skin!  Hormonal changes can have both disastrous as well as delightful effects on the skin.  From acne problems and dry skin to glowing and beautiful skin, the changes that infertility can bring to the skin really run the gamut.   In today's episode, we're talking all about how hormones and even fertility treatments can affect the skin and what you can do to keep your skin at its healthiest.
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December 21, 2020
The Best Gifts for New Mamas - A List for Your Listening Pleasure
Are you looking for a gift for a first time mom in your life but you’re not quite sure where to start?  As a first time mom, it can be extremely overwhelming and exhausting to do just about anything.  Read on to discover the best gifts for first time moms. New moms often know that they need something but don’t always know exactly what it is that they need.  Being able to read their mind would help so much!  Since we can’t do that, I’ve taken it upon myself to look back at my time as a new mom and think of all of the things that helped me, that I think every new mama should have in their life. So, I’ve compiled a list to help you discover the best gifts for first time moms in your life, and at an affordable price, that will make them say, “Thank you! This will be so helpful!” Now listen up! Click here for the clickable, downloadable PDF for quick access to each item described in this episode.
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December 14, 2020
The Absolute Best Gifts for Pregnant Women - A carefully curated list
Finding gifts for pregnant women can be tricky, especially if you want to get her something really meaningful and thoughtful.  Pregnancy is hard, and for many women, it presents difficult challenges to navigate.  I’ve taken it upon myself to give you a list of where to find the best gifts for the pregnant women in your life. Do you know a pregnant woman who is sore and achy all the time and she can’t reach the achy spots to massage them?  I’ve got a gift for that!  Is your pregnant friend on bedrest or modified bedrest and running out of shows or movies to watch?  I’ve got a solution! My list is carefully curated based on my own experience with pregnancy and all the things I wish I had during my own pregnancy. So, listen up and discover the best gifts for the pregnant women in your life. Click here for the downloadable, clickable PDF for quick access to each item described in this episode.
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December 14, 2020
The Very Best Gifts for the Fiercest of all: Infertility Warriors
Infertility is a beast, one that many people have difficulty understanding or relating to, and that is OKAY!  Infertility is a difficult subject and when someone you care about is going through it, it can be difficult to know what to say or what to do.  That's why I created this for finding the best gifts for infertility warriors, to take the guesswork out of it for you! Each gift on my list is carefully chosen to be not just a good gift, but to really be thoughtful and caring and help those dealing with infertility to feel less alone.  Infertility takes a toll and getting a thoughtful gift can make a tremendous difference in their stress level. So, go ahead and give a listen, you won't be disappointed! Click here for the clickable pdf for quick access to each item described in this episode.
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December 14, 2020
Skincare Ingredients: How to make the right choices for your skin needs
Picking up where we left off in my last episode, "The Corner of Beauty & Foodie", in this episode we're talking about skincare product ingredients and what they do for the skin.
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December 07, 2020
The Corner of Beauty & Foodie
Beauty & Foodie?  Does that sound like you?  Are you a foodie who's super into beauty?  Okay, okay, enough with the rhyming!  In this episode, I'm talking about skincare products and how they compare with various courses in a 9-course meal.  How does that even work?  Well, each skincare product has a purpose and way that it interacts with the skin, but this can get very confusing for those of us who are not into chemistry, so I've taken the time to break down how each product type is similar to each course in a fancy 9-course meal.
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November 22, 2020
Skin Anatomy 101
In today's episode, I wanted to break down what in the world an Esthetician actually is and what we actually do!  Hand in hand with that, I'm also giving you an in-depth breakdown of the layers of the skin, so you can understand how various products and ingredients affect the skin, which I'll talk about more in my next episode!  'Til then... take care of that skin!
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November 15, 2020
A 9 part series on Skin Care & Wellness
I've decided to change course a little bit!  Today on the podcast I'm introducing a new, 9 part series revolving around skin care and wellness knowledge.  This is a shorter episode, 10 minutes to be exact, introducing the next 9 episodes.  I'll be focusing on educating you about the skin and the body, and all the things you can do to stay healthy and with the best body-mind-spirit balance you can, to help you through infertility, pregnancy, and/or postpartum. I'm so excited for this new series, and I can't wait to officially kick it off with Episode 11! 
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November 08, 2020
Postpartum Misconceptions, Truths, & Everything in Between
In today's episode I’m debunking some common myths surrounding the postpartum period, which includes the immediate moments following birth, up until 1 year after birth.
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November 01, 2020
Pregnancy Misconceptions, Truths, and Everything in Between
In today's episode, we're talking all about pregnancy myths, misconceptions, and truths! Today's focus is primarily on myths surrounding: Morning sickness Miscarriage Stretch Marks Cravings Csection birth To subscribe to my weekly podcast updates, click here!
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October 25, 2020
Infertility Misconceptions, Truths, and Everything in Between
What exactly is infertility?  Is it the same as sterility?  Doesn't it only affect older women?  In this episode I'm dispelling some of the myths & misconceptions about infertility and fertility treatments.
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October 18, 2020
Postpartum in a Pandemic
In today's episode, we're discussing the current pandemic and how it affects the postpartum period.
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October 11, 2020
Pregnant in a Pandemic
Today we're talking all about Pregnancy in a Pandemic.  How the pandemic is affecting those who are pregnant or getting ready to give birth, and the various ways you can support them!  
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October 04, 2020
Infertility in a Pandemic
This week I’m changing course a bit and focusing on how the current Pandemic is affecting people dealing with infertility, and what loved ones can do to support them.
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September 27, 2020
My Postpartum journey: The ups and downs and everything in between
In this episode, it’s all about my postpartum journey and the unexpected twists and turns I experienced.
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September 20, 2020
My Pregnancy Journey: A Candid Retelling Of My Unexpected Twin Pregnancy
In this episode I’m diving deep into the complications and ups and downs of my pregnancy with multiples.
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September 13, 2020
My Fertility Journey: The long haul through fertility madness
Going through the complex journey of infertility is a curse I wouldn't wish on anyone.  My journey took so many twists and turns and ended up with a total of 14 cycles of fertility treatments over 3 years.  It's a journey that many people don't share as the stigma of infertility is a painful one.  I chose to share my journey to show other women going through a similar experience that they are not alone! Listen in as I share the ups and downs of my crazy fertility journey.
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September 06, 2020
The Hormonal Mama
In this Intro Episode, I’m telling you a little bit about me and my background both professionally and personally.
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September 06, 2020
September 6, 2020
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September 06, 2020